The Lugoff Garden Club meets Monday at the home of Judy Baxley, 403 Holly Berry Lane in Lugoff. The guest speaker will be Jackie Jordan. LGC meets every third Monday, September through May. The social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker’s presentation starts at 7 p.m.
In 2013, Jackie Jordan became the Commercial Horticulture and Specialty Crops Extension Agent for Richland, Kershaw, and Fairfield Counties. Jordan works closely with the City of Columbia, which just happens to have been honored for the third year on a row with a 2016 Playful City USA designation. This national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. One of her favorite programs is called Columbia Free Talks. With the help of a Richland County recreation grant Jordan is able to offer free garden programs to county residents.
Jordan manages the Master Gardener programs in her three counties and has 150 trained members with 50 currently in training. She personally teaches most of the Master Gardener classes; her skill set includes botany, physiology, weed identification, turf grass management, and integrated pest management.
Jackie Jordan describes her job as “fun, challenging, and unique.” Jordan said her favorite part of the job is the diversity of experiences.
“No two days are the same,” she said. “I’ll work with a hydroponic grower in an old factory in Ridgeway; move to Shaw Air Force Base to diagnose disease on golf course greens; and then visit Fort Jackson National Cemetery to evaluate the health of a live oak.”